mixshow

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – July 2000 – Mini Salas & DJ Earth (Power Workout @ Noon)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 & 96.1 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, around January 1999, the station began incorporating elements reminiscent of its days as a more traditional Rhythmic CHR in the early and mid-90’s. This continued until at least July 2000, as heard on this sample of the “Power Workout at Noon” mixshow. The station’s slogan at this time was a hybrid of two of its positioning statements from the mid to early 90’s – “Power 92 Jams Today’s Hottest Music”.

KVIT (Neon 90.7) – Apache Junction (East Phoenix Metro), AZ – July 2018 – DJ Melo & DJ Perry

Neon 90.7 is a non-commercial station licensed to the East Valley Institute of Technology. It offers a broad-based 80’s and 90’s variety hits format. What makes the playlist relatively unique is its inclusion of songs that were hits for a brief time, but generally haven’t received any airplay since then. This is a sample of Neon about six weeks after its launch, when it offered mixshow programming over Independence Day Weekend 2018. Please visit Wikipedia for information on the history of the frequency and station.

WHTZ 100.3 (Z100) – New York – 5/17/97 – Reno & DJ Rich

This is a sample of Saturday night high-energy mixshow programming from the late 1990’s, as broadcast on one of America’s legendary CHR stations.

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – Slammin’ Felix Sama & DJ Laz – 3/13/97

Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  During the 1990’s, it offered an  approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This montage of the station features both mixshow and regular programming.

KBZR (The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station) – Phoenix – 12/31/96 – Krazy Kid Stevens & Ruben S (END OF YEAR MIX)

For six months in 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM)/Coolidge, AZ offered one of the most creative stunts in radio history.  In between an automated Rhythmic Oldies format was a series of clever interstitials (voiced by station owner Jerry Clifton) indicating that the station was “moving in from the desert” (referring to a pending signal upgrade to allow for better coverage in the metro Phoenix area) and looking for someone — or something — named “Steve”. On October 30 of that year, KBZR officially launched as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station”.  Featured on this aircheck is a sample of the outlet 2 months after its debut, as it offered end-of-year mixshow programming on the final day of 1996. Please note that this aircheck is heavily scoped – I kept only the segments featuring songs that I...

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – 9/27/98 (“PLANET Z”)

This is a sample of late night, high-energy mixshow programming from the late 1990’s, as broadcast on one of America’s legendary CHR stations.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 8/22 & 8/29/98 – Larry Davis

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was one of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from a couple of consecutive Saturdays in August 1998.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 6/13/98 – Dino

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from June 13, 1998 (recorded 18 years ago tonight).

WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 4/19/97 – Cramer

From its days as a Mainstream CHR, this is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in April 1997. Features sweepers from the late and great Brian James, and soundbites from the recently resurrected Beavis and Butthead.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 3/7/98 – Yo-J & DJ Mark D

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which is (or at least one) of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from March 1998.    

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 6/27/98 – Dino

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was one of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from June 27, 1998 (recorded 17 years ago tonight).  

WJHM (102 Jamz) – Daytona Beach FL – June 1990

Recorded 25 years ago this month, here’s a sample of WJHM as Urban-formatted “102 Jamz”, recorded during mixshow programming. More information about the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.

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